Vibrational perturbation theory (VPT2)


The VPT2 program is based on force constants, which are retrieved from the polynomial coefficients as generated by the POLY program. Therefore, each VPT2 calculation requests a call of the POLY program prior to the VPT2 call. As the VPT2 program relies on a quartic force field (QFF), one may use the directive VTAYLOR,TYPE=QFF in the XSURF program. This will lead to tremendous time savings as the size of the potential energy surface is significantly reduced. However, this is an option and the force constants can be retrieved from any potential provided by the XSURF program. As the results may be sensitive to thresholds for the resonance treatment, the user may be careful concerning these. For further details see:

R. Ramakrishnan, G. Rauhut, Semi-quartic force fields retrieved from multi-mode expansions: Accuracy, scaling behavior and approximations, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 154118 (2015).

The VPT2 is currently limited to asymmetric top and linear molecules. By default the VPT2 program will compute the fundamental transitions, but overtones and combination bands can be specified in the VIBSTATE program (being described in the VSCF manual).

The following options are available:

  • DIPOLE=n DIPOLE=1 provides dipole moment surfaces to the VPT2 program and thus allows for the calculation of infrared intensities.
  • DRTFREQ=value (=300.0 Default) Frequency threshold for Darling-Dennison resonances.
  • DRTFC=value (=0.01 Default) Threshold for Darling-Dennison resonances concerning quartic force contants.
  • FRTFREQ=value (=500.0 Default) This is the threshold for Fermi resonance detection with respect to frequencies, i.e. $2\omega_i - \omega_k$ (type 1) and $\omega_i + \omega_j - \omega_k$ (type 2).
  • FRTFC=value (=0.01 Default) Threshold for Fermi resonances concerning cubic force constants (type 1 and type2).
  • INFO=n INFO=1 provides a list of the values of all relevant program parameters.
  • PRINT=n
    • PRINT=0 (default) prints the anharmonic vibrational frequencies and the most important vibrational constants.
    • PRINT=1 prints in addition the force constants as retrieved from the polynomial coefficients.
    • PRINT=2 prints the force constants and an analysis of the detected resonances.

The following example shows an input for water, for which a semi-quartic force field will be generated at the MP2/cc-pVDZ level.

O          0.0675762564        0.0000000000       -1.3259214590
H         -0.4362118830       -0.7612267436       -1.7014971211
H         -0.4362118830        0.7612267436       -1.7014971211


optg                                     !(1) optimizes the geometry
frequencies,symm=auto                    !(2) compute harmonic frequencies


{xsurf,start1D=label1,sym=auto           !(3) generate a QFF
poly,type=qff,vam=0                      !(4) transform the PES to polynomials
vpt2                                     !(5) do a VPT2 calculation